- Associated Press - Thursday, December 3, 2015

MURRAY, Ky. (AP) - A Calloway County grand jury will hear the case against a Kentucky man charged in the deaths of four relatives whose bodies were found after a house fire in Murray.

Twenty-one-year-old Pascasio Y. Pacheco Arellano of Mayfield is charged with four counts of murder and one count each of first-degree burglary, first-degree arson and tampering with physical evidence, The Paducah Sun reported (https://bit.ly/1Qh2O6f).

On Tuesday, Pacheco appeared in Calloway District Court for a preliminary hearing. Commonwealth Attorney Mark Blankenship said prosecutors will most likely seek the death penalty.

“I think it’s safe to say that this is probably the most heinous crime that’s ever occurred here in Calloway County,” he said.

Police said Arellano’s uncle, 29-year-old Bulmaro Arellano, was found dead inside the home that burned Nov. 17 in Murray, about 200 miles southwest of Louisville. The uncle was found with his wife, 24-year-old Marisol Hernandez, and their 5-year-old and 1-year-old children.

Preliminary autopsy results indicate Hernandez and Arellano died from gunshot wounds, while it’s believed the children died of smoke inhalation.

Kentucky State Police Detective Trey Green said three fires were intentionally set in the house: A loveseat was lit in the living room, the mattress in the bedroom was set on fire, and in the kitchen, the stove’s burners and oven were ignited with trash piled on top.

It’s unclear whether the suspect has an attorney who could comment on his behalf.


Information from: The Paducah Sun, https://www.paducahsun.com

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